Design and performance analysis of a single pass bi-fluid photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) solar collector with fins / Hasila Jarimi

Jarimi, Hasila (2016) Design and performance analysis of a single pass bi-fluid photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) solar collector with fins / Hasila Jarimi. In: The Doctoral Research Abstracts. IGS Biannual Publication, 9 (9). Institute of Graduate Studies, UiTM, Shah Alam.


The research on photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) solar collector tends to focus on either water or air as the working fluid. Thus this study aims to investigate the feasibility of incorporating two types of working fluid (air and water) under the same PV/T solar collector. In addition to the electricity generated, this type of collector enables the production of thermal energy in the form of heated air and water. The use of both fluids (bi-fluid) also creates a greater range of thermal applications and offers options in which three modes of fluid operation namely: the air mode, the water mode, and the simultaneous mode (air and water) can be produced depending on the energy needs and applications. To investigate this type of collector, an improved design of a single pass PV/T solar collector which integrates both water and air as the working fluids (bifluid) into the system with the commercially available PV module as the thermal absorber was designed and fabricated. Heat transfer enhancement technique to the air flow has been introduced with the use of a series of lowcost fins. To test the fabricated collector, test-rig facilities were fabricated for indoor and outdoor testing with calibrated and reliable data acquisition tools were set-up. The performance of a PV/T solar collector is strongly influenced by the environmental factors, operating conditions and design parameters of the collector. Therefore mathematical modelling is crucial in order to predict the collector performance for further energy optimization purposes. In this study, when both fluids are operated simultaneously, 2-D steady-state analysis is used in modelling the performance of the designed collector. Thus energy balance equations using finite difference method were developed and solved using the inverse matrix solution procedure, with the Newton Raphson iteration implemented to compute the unknown temperature nodes using MATLAB…


Item Type: Book Section
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Higher Education > Dissertations, Academic. Preparation of theses > Malaysia
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Institut Pengajian Siswazah (IPSis) : Institute of Graduate Studies (IGS)
Series Name: IGS Biannual Publication
Volume: 9
Number: 9
Item ID: 19413
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abstract; Abstract of thesis; Newsletter; Research information; Doctoral graduates; IPSis; IGS; UiTM; Design and performance analysis



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